Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and private payers are shifting toward value-based payment models; physicians are experiencing more pressure to increase patient engagement.
Experts believe that patient engagement is vital for:
- Improving physicians-patient relationships
- Improving the health outcomes of patients
- Physicians, it is the best way to increase the value of their practices
Future of Patient Engagement is here
According to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research in the year 2015, 58 percent of smartphone users downloaded at least one health app and 15 percent of Americans own a wearable health and fitness device connected to the smartphone (such as a Fit-bit or smartwatch).
A survey made in 2015 by Nuance Communications discovered that 54 percent of people aged in the range of 18 to 24 rely on online recommendations when choosing a healthcare provider.
Aforementioned research data demonstrates how important Patient Engagement is in the Healthcare industry. Every Practice should focus on encouraging Patient Engagement and TeleHealth which will lead to the better patient outcomes and increased value of practice.
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